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Yesterday while working in the meaties pen, I watched Mrs. Houdini try to make her escape.  She failed as Mountaingdad was coming over to see what I was doing and startled her back into the pen, but she was caught in the act.  The gate is a common garden gate that has a wire fence inset in the galvanized pipe frame.  The mesh is tighter at the bottom and larger openings toward the top and the mesh ends about a foot from the top.

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She flew her heavy body up high enough to land on the bar below the top bar and then hopped through to freedom.  The solution was easy to deal with, requiring a piece of the plastic chicken wire and some cable ties.

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She now has to be able to fly about a foot higher and is too heavy bodied to be able to do that.

Earlier in the week, I contacted the farmer from whom I had purchased my dozen hens over the past two years and asked her if she had a young rooster or cockrell or would save me one in the spring so that next time one of the hens gets broody, I can let her sit and raise a brood for next year’s meaties.  The Buff’s grow slower than the hybrid meat birds, but they are dual purpose birds with flavorful meat, so we are going to try to just use them in the future.

Tonight we picked him up.

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Meet Romeo.  He has arrived home just a few minutes a go and will spend the night in the dog crate with food and water and be introduced in a pen tomorrow.  Ms. Farmer says he has a docile personality, he was very calm when we picked him up.  She did say his tail feathers were a bit shabby as he has been picked on a bit in her barnyard.  He was intended as a cull, but had too good a personality for her to do it and she is glad he has a new home where he can reign as king of the coop with a dozen ladies in waiting.

We continue to get 8 to 11 eggs daily from the dozen hens.

Lovin’ life on our rainy mountain farm.

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